Fifteen Books

So over on the Blueboards everyone’s posting fifteen books that they’ll never forget.

Here’s my list:

  1. The Lord of the Rings (especially Return of the King), by J.R.R. Tolkien—as much as I love the movies, the books will always be better, if not least because book-Faramir/Eowyn are vastly more amazing than their movie counterparts. Frodo lives! 🙂
  2. Middlemarch, by George Elliot—an immensely great novel (and oh my gosh WILL LADISLAW!!).
  3. Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky—intriguing both for its subject matter and the way Dostoevsky makes you sympathize with a guy who killed two old ladies with an axe.
  4. Beauty, by Robin McKinley—a gorgeous little novel I’ve loved and re-read for years. Poetic and stirring and just really special.
  5. The Space Trilogy, C.S. Lewis—deep and haunting and disturbing in places; I’ll never forget the time I stayed up late to finish the ending of Perelandra. Still gives me the shivers (in a good way).
  6. Villette, by Charlotte Bronte—I both loved and hated this book. It was lyrical and beautiful and immensely frustrating.
  7. Persuasion (well, everything), by Jane Austen—I didn’t really appreciate this novel the first time I read it because I found it so frustrating, but a re-read illuminated just how brilliant and beautiful it really is.
  8. The Far Pavilions, by M.M. Kaye—haunting, gorgeous, epic: this is the novel that nearly made me break down sobbing in the middle of Panda Express.
  9. The King of Attolia (well all of the Attolia books), by Megan Whalen Turner—I know I always talk about these books, but they’re really that good. Really.
  10. Fire and Hemlock, by Diana Wynne Jones—so not what I expected, but gripping and fascinating and just all around awesome.
  11. Crown Duel, by Sherwood Smith—I’ve read this so many times I’m pretty sure I could quote the entire thing from beginning to end.
  12. The Bartimaeus Trilogy, by Jonathan Stroud—still in awe of these.
  13. East, by Edith Pattou—gorgeous fairy tale retelling, with fascinating multiple POVs.
  14. The Winter Prince, by Elizabeth E. Wein—haunting.
  15. Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine—another one I’ve loved for years. Vastly better than the movie.

And I’ve gotta give an honorable mention to Brian Jacques’s Redwall series, most especially Mattimeo. I devoured those when I was younger and absolutely adored them.

So that’s my list. What’s yours?

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